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Petition: Save Birmingham Libraries

Post and petition from Friends of Libraries of Birmingham Birmingham City Council has unveiled plans to close twenty-five neighbourhood libraries and consolidate services into a handful of what they bill as ‘Community Living Rooms’. Closing these essential services will affect the most vulnerable in our communities and is certain to affect the education and life […]

Help Save Birmingham City Council

The government caused this. Help us make them put it right. Birmingham City Council is facing an unprecedented financial crisis which, if it isn’t sorted, will result in major cuts to vital services and thousands of job losses. This isn’t the result of financial mismanagement by the Council. Since 2014/5 government funding has fallen by […]

The financial crisis in Birmingham

The council forecast an overspend of £87million for this financial year (23/24), and a gap of £164m for 2024/5. Councillors have come up with a savings programme to address this budget gap and need to find over £250m worth of savings over the next 12 months. That means cuts to services. The current situation is […]

Protect the right to strike as the Tories act to axe workers’ rights

Protect the right to strike march and rally. Join the TUC-organised march and rally in Cheltenham on Saturday 27th January 2024. Forty years ago, GCHQ workers were banned from joining a trade union. Twenty-seven years ago they won back that right. Today, the Conservative government is attempting to restrict the right to strike for over […]

Branch Attends the Big Birmingham Demo

On Saturday 20th January 2024 the Branch took part in ‘Birmingham’s biggest protest’ Thousands turned up to March from Sparkhill to the City Centre, calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. The peace rally gathered near the Bullring at St Martin’s Square, with former Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn in attendance to speak and thank everyone for […]

The Big Birmingham Demo for Palestine

Join Birmingham UNISON Branch on The Big Birmingham Demo for Palestine. Saturday 20th January 2024 Assemble at 12pm Sparkhill Park, Birmingham, B11 4LX Confirmed special guest speakers are Jeremy Corbyn MP and the rapper/activist Lowkey. Birmingham Unison Branch is a proud supporter of the Palestinian people. Please come and join us on the trade union […]

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!

In the recent report from Mike Davis, NAIS Head of Service to the Cabinet Member – Social Justice, Community Safety & Equalities there is clear evidence that the NAIS service provides excellent support to the citizens of Birmingham. The main performance measure for the NAIS service, that appears in BCC corporate reports, is the amount […]

Birmingham UNISON stand in solidarity with our sister trade unions in Palestine.

Birmingham UNISON is shocked at the death and injury of many thousands of civilians in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel.   Birmingham UNISON have a long history of support for the Palestinian people and are affiliated to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.   The Palestinian Trade Unions have made an urgent call for solidarity. They […]

Solidarity With Members in Ash Field Academy, Leicester

UNISON Members in Ash Field Academy school within Leicester City Branch remain in a pay dispute with their employer and are striking again over the coming weeks. Some progress has been made to date and members are showing great resolve during the action, but the employer at this stage continues to refuse to offer a […]

NJC Pay Update

Explaining the delay with your pay Since the start of this year, UNISON has been working on securing a fair pay increase for council and school workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We appreciate that the wait to receive that increase has been challenging, and we want to thank you for your patience as […]